Monday, November 3, 2008

The Money Washers: A Paige Harrington Mystery


Allan McLeod
Lulu Publishing (2008)
ISBN 9780557007417
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (9/08)

Free-lance journalist Paige Harrington is at it again in the third book of her mystery series.  Her latest adventure involves the banking industry and money laundering.  Paige's interest is sparked when two female bankers are murdered.  She fears for her banker friend Emily, because Emily's profile is very similar to these women.  Emily isn't as worried as Paige is.  However, when a tragedy occurs to someone mistaken for her, she definitely realizes that she has to be very concerned.  Paige's involvement is also taken very seriously and her life becomes endangered as well. 
The further that Paige investigates, the more she discovers the depth of the corruption.  High ranking United States officials, the CIA, and influential corporate executives are all involved.  They aren't all good guys either.  These are people that will stop at nothing to get what they want.  Paige really has her hands full, but it seems like the more they try to thwart her, the more determined she becomes.  That is one of the things that I love about her character, she does not let anything dissuade her.
Once again, I loved being able to get my hands one of Allan McLeod's books.  "The Money Washers" will draw you in and make you feel like you are sharing the adventure with the heroine.  I really enjoyed the creative ideas that are interwoven into the plot.  When something unexpected happens, McLeod builds the story up around the event, so that while surprising, it seems plausible and makes sense.  I like that he can keep me guessing what the characters are going to do next.  McLeod also sparked an interest in me to learn more about money laundering and corruption that has already occurred in the United States.  I found out some really interesting information on this subject, which also made the story seem even more real.  "The Money Washers" is definitely a book for your must-read pile!

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